This easy friendship bracelet tutorial will have your kids and their friends wearing an arm full of bracelets in no time!
Making friendship bracelets is such a fond childhood memory of mine. I remember spending hours on end in my room tying knots and making them just right.
They can be a bit complicated, though, especially for young kids! My daughter has been trying to learn for years, but can never get the patterns quite right.
Last year, she learned this method at a birthday party, though, and has been making friendship bracelets non-stop ever since!
Check out this easy friendship bracelet tutorial today so you can pass on this fun childhood craft to your own kids. Check out the video, or if you’d rather read the instructions, scroll down.
how to make a friendship bracelet
Don’t have time to read the directions and just want to get started? Check out this video I made for our Girl Scout troop! Otherwise, scroll down to the tutorial below.
Supplies You’ll Need
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- Friendship Bracelet String (You’ll need 7 strands total)
- a piece of cardboard or thick poster board
- a jar, bowl, or glass (anything you can use to trace a circle)
- a pencil or pen for tracing.
This really is the easiest way to make a friendship bracelet, ever. You just need a few simple supplies and some time to sit and enjoy the craft. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to get to work.
- Lay out your cardboard or poster board. Using your glass, jar, or bowl, trace a circle onto your cardboard and cut it out.
- Pierce the center of your circle with your scissors, making a small hole. Then, cut 8 small notches around the edge of your circle. You don’t need to measure them, but try to space them kind of evenly.
- Cut 7 lengths of friendship string. You can do this all in one color or choose multiple colors to make a colorful design. I like to measure my string from my fingers to my elbow, so I know I’ve got more than enough to make a bracelet that fits around my wrist comfortably.
- Feed all 7 strands through the hole you cut in the center of your circle and tie a knot in the end.
- Lace each strand through one of the notches on the edge of the circle. You’ll have one notch that’s empty.
- Holding the empty space, count three strands to the right. Remove that string from its place and move it to the empty place.
- Repeat step 6 until your bracelet is long enough to fit comfortably around your wrist.
- Remove the strings from the cardboard circle and tie a knot at the other end. Fasten it to your wrist with a knot and trim the ends.
Note: it will take a few minutes to see the pattern emerging on your bracelet, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see it right away.
make your own friendship bracelets with this easy tutorial
As a kid, I always loved making friendship bracelets. But, the patterns were so complicated and took so long that I rarely did it and it took me a long time to master the craft. I wanted so badly to show my daughters the joys of making them, but haven’t made them in so long I couldn’t remember how!
This easy friendship bracelet tutorial will have your kids and their friends wearing an arm full of bracelets in no time, without all the complicated patterns.